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Hall, Haw, n. Also: hal(le, hale, haul, hawe. [ME. haule, hal (14th c.), hall, OE. hall, heall.]

l. A large and spacious building, esp. one which is the residence of a magnate. Found early in the place-names Blachall (1329), Halton (1345–50). (a) Robertus atte Halle, mercator de Scotia; 1364 Rot. Scot. I. 883/2.
Thane to sek hyme, mony ane Passit til Ewfamy[a]nis hal; Leg. S. xxiv. 363.
That hal That bricht wes … As the son on dais licht; Ib. xxx. 756.
Sampson … Led in to that mekyll halle; Wynt. iii. 456.
He … ay will haue entre In hous and in hall hie; Howlat 141.
The feyndis infernall, Quhilk houndit doun wes fra that heuinlie hall; Henr. Fab. 589.
For the byggin and reparacion of the Hwnt Hall; 1488 Treas. Acc. I. 93.
To the quareouris … that wynnys the allowring to the Hall of Strivelin; 1501 Ib. II. 82.
Trywmphale hall, hie tour royall Of Godis celsitud; Dunb. lxxxv. 76.
(b) [His lands … of the] new Havle; 1445–6 Haddington Corr. 233.
Johanni et Thome de Haul; 1455 Exch. R. VI. 22.
(c) Quhill that ye cum down to Ranoucht Hawe [: knaw]; Wall. xi. 668.
To Lylle for resschis to the Haw off Lythquow; 1489 Treas. Acc. I. 118.
A gabulo aule nuncupate le Erle David Huntlintoune Haw; 1496 Reg. Great S. 492/1.
In hous and haw [: saw]; Rolland Seven S. 1697.

2. A hall or principal room in a building, esp. that of a palace, castle, monastery, etc. For further examples see Bour 1, Chalmer 1. (a) In-tyll hys halle, apon a day, The burdys [being] wndyr clathis sete; Wynt. iv. 1071.
The said abbot sal haf ostillary within the forsaidis tenement … that is to say hal, chawmyr, kechyng, and butre; 1428 Liber Aberbr. II. 58.
He stakkerit thair with all Half the breid of the hall; Rauf C. 152.
With few coursis into ȝour hall, But cumpany of lardis and knychtis; Dunb. xxv. 14.
Amyd the hallys heich, lang and braid, Apparalyt at all devys; Doug. xiii. ix. 11.
The foir uvyr hows, viz. hall, chalmer and wairdrop; 1550 Glasgow Prot. I. 18.
In the bakgalrie behind the hale; 1562 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 648/1.
In the gryt hall of the auld luiging; Ib.
Ȝon carle … all prouisioun hes … in hall, girnell and seller; 1572 Sat. P. xxxiii. 253.
(b) Jhonet … [h]as sawld … for fawlt … of hir leffyng … the peralyn of the haw; 1478 Peebles B. Rec. 184.
For a basing and eware to the Kingis baw; 1491 Treas. Acc. I. 185.
The Emprice … went doun to the haw; Rolland Seven S. 1007.

3. A public market-hall. (Cf. Halis n., Hallis n.,) Also attrib. with maill. That nane … presvme … to tak ony meill furth of the commoun hall, to be sauld in ony vther pairt of the town, bot that the same be sauld and mett within the said commoun hall; 1598 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 168.
Pro stationum locis et aularum censibus, lie stand roume et hall maill; 1641 Stirling Chart. 149.

4. Attrib. in sense 2, with amrie, chimley, flure, windo. Trein werk … for the gret hall windois; 1517 Treas. Acc. V. 120.
Canwes to cleith hall windois in Halyrudehous; 1527 Ib. 325.
Now I will mak ȝow snre Quhilk man it was that sat on our hall flure; Rolland Seven S. 10227.
For saxtein tries … to the hall fluir; 1630 Kirkcaldy Presb. 7.
For 6 crampetts to the hall amrie; 1659–61 Rec. Univ. Aberd. 606.
The brace of the hall chimley was painted att the tyme; 1671 Lamont Diary 224.

b. Hall-benk, -bink, common in the proverb, hall benkis ar … slidder. Bewar in welth, for hall benkis ar richt slidder; Henr. Fab. 2600.
Hal binks ar ay slidder; Prestis of Peblis 614.
Bewar, my brethrein, for hall binkes ar slidrie; 1597 Calderwood V. 659.
Hall binkis ar sliddrie, … and earthlie courtis ar kittill; 1622 Lett. Eccles. Affairs II. 699.

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